Pictures from Alaska

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Thought you’d like to see some pics. from Alaska.  Despite the fact that the days are long and the sun is climbing higher in the sky – winter hangs on a long time in our 49th state.  The top pic. is the Kahiltna Glacier.  It’s located on the SW slope of Denali (Mt. McKinley).  At 44 miles long, it’s the longest glacier in the U.S.  Much of the glacier is above 10,000 feet, where temperatures stay below freezing thru much of the summer.

This is McKinley North – again about halfway between Anchorage to the south and Fairbanks to the north.  A very wintery scene. 

Here’s Wainwright on the northwest coast of Alaska.  You can see there are still some big drifts of snow here.  Wainwright is north of Arctic Circle – the sunrise today is at 3:07 am and the sunset at 2:05 am…giving them about 23 hours of daylight (soon to be 24 hours). 

The sun was shining here at Arctic Village, which is inland NE Alaska.  Just some high clouds.  Despite the nearly 24 hours of sunlight, very little melting has occurred here. 

This is Gambell, Alaska one of the most remote places in the U.S.  It’s on St. Lawrence Island, about 200 miles southwest of Nome.  The climate is harsh – windy and cold – with an average high temperature of +12 in January and +50 in July.  Only 4,000 people live on this island of nearly 1,800 square miles. 

This is Port Hope, Alaska.  This place didn’t get named for the weather, which is often cold, breezy and gloomy.  It was actually named for Sir William Hope.  There is no road or rail connection – the city (town of 670) is accessible only by plane or (when the ice goes out) by sea.  The population is 88% Native American and the average family income is $67,000.  As you can see – even though it’s May, it looks like mid-winter…only brighter with nearly 24-hour daylight. 

This is Wrangell Alaska in the Southeast Peninsula.  The snow has mostly melted in the valleys, but still clings to the mountains (which John Denver sang about).  Wrangell was first settled by Russians.  The weather is wet and mild, with an average high temperature of 34 in January and 64 in July.  The warmest it has ever been here is 84 and the coldest -10F.  Wrangell gets an average of over 81″ of precipitation per year and rain or snow falls on an average of 229 days each year.

This is Merrill Pass, Alaska.

Chandalar Shelf, Alaska

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